Lakony also disclosed that the district has signed an MOU with Attiak Sugar to facilitate the construction of another water dam in Pachilo to act as a collection point for Attiak Sugarcane plantation.
Flooded Elegu parking yard
district authorities plan to construct irrigation schemes and water dams along
the banks of River Unyama to mitigate persistent flooding of Elegu Township along
the Uganda-South Sudan border.
Elegu Town suffers devastating floods, which displaces hundreds of people whenever
River Unyama bursts its banks. In 2018, Amuru district signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Trade and Industries to widen the banks
of River Unyama and improve the drainage system in Elegu Town with Shillings
1.8 billion funding from TradeMark East Africa to mitigate frequent flooding.
However, to date, the project has failed to kick off. Now,
Michael Lakony, the Amuru district LC V Chairperson says plans are already
underway for the construction of giant water dams along the river stretching
from Opara Sub County Okidi, Pachilo and Lorikwor West Parishes in Attiak Sub
He explains that the dams will act as collection points for flood waters that
have over the years caused lots of destruction in Elegu Township. The collected
water will be used for irrigation. Lakony also disclosed that the district has signed
an MOU with Attiak Sugar to facilitate the construction of another water dam in
Pachilo to act as a collection point for Attiak Sugarcane plantation.
He says the district
intends to divert over Shillings 70 billion that was meant for the construction
of irrigation schemes in the district to the project since the community
members have failed to offer land for the scheme. Kassim Kasule, the Lorikwor West-Ward Local Chairperson, says the regular flooding in Elegu Town has not
only affected businesses and led to the destruction of properties but also caused
the death of more than eight people.
Earlier on, the Amuru Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Geoffrey Osborn
Oceng said that his office was still engaging with the Trade Ministry to fast
track the construction of the drainage system. Lucy Akello, the Amuru
district Woman Member of Parliament, says there is an urgent need to find a
solution for the flooding in Elegu Town.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc